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World's First Neural Device to Restore Memory to be Developed

July 9, 2014 9:13 am | by Kenneth K Ma, LLNL | News | Comments

The Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) up to $2.5 million to develop an implantable neural device with the ability to record and stimulate neurons...

Photos of the Day: Implant to Restore Memories

July 9, 2014 9:13 am | by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | News | Comments

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will develop an implantable neural device with the ability to record and stimulate neurons within the brain to help restore memory. The research builds on the understanding that memory is a process in which...

Significant Step Toward Blood Test for Alzheimer's

July 8, 2014 9:43 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Scientists have identified a set of 10 proteins in the blood which can predict the onset of Alzheimer's, marking a significant step towards developing a blood test for the disease. There are currently no effective long-lasting drug treatments...

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FDA Clears NeuroMetrix Wearable Technology for Over-the-Counter Use in Treatment of Chronic Pain

July 8, 2014 9:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NeuroMetrix, Inc. has announced that its wearable technology for treatment of chronic pain received 510(k) clearance (K140333) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for over-the-counter use. The Company is in late stage development...

Scientists Criticize Europe's $1.6B Brain Project

July 7, 2014 3:37 pm | by Frank Jordans and John-Thor Dahlburg, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dozens of neuroscientists are protesting Europe's $1.6 billion attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste vast amounts of money and harm neuroscience in general. The 10-year Human Brain...

New Optogenetic Tool for Controlling Neuronal Signaling by Blue Light

July 7, 2014 2:29 pm | by Institute for Basic Science | News | Comments

Institute for Basic Science, the main organization of the International Science and Business Belt project in South Korea, has announced that a group of researchers, led by professor Won Do Heo, have developed a new technology in the field of...

Tool Helps Guide Brain Cancer Surgery

July 7, 2014 10:06 am | by Elizabeth K. Gardner, Purdue | News | Comments

A tool to help brain surgeons test and more precisely remove cancerous tissue was successfully used during surgery, according to a Purdue University and Brigham and Women's Hospital study. The Purdue-designed tool sprays a microscopic stream...

Photos of the Day: Take a Look at the Future of Brain Imaging

July 7, 2014 9:57 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Three decades ago, engineers at GE research labs in Niskayuna, NY, built one of the first magnetic resonance machines and peered inside a colleague’s head. The result was the world’s first MRI image of the human brain. “This was an exciting...

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Bioelectronics Could Lead to a New Class of Medicine

July 2, 2014 2:44 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Imagine having tiny electronics implanted somewhere in your body that can regulate nerve signals and make symptoms of various disorders go away. That’s the vision of the field of bioelectronic medicine — the emerging discipline that has made...

Smartphone App May Revolutionize Mental Health Treatment

July 2, 2014 8:06 am | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Mental illness accounts for 90 percent of all reported suicides and places the largest burden of any disease on social and economic infrastructures worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. There is a dire need for support services...

Glasses Allow Users to Talk via Their Eyes

July 1, 2014 10:21 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

LusoVU presents its new product, EyeSpeak, which will literally allow its users to talk with their eyes. The system is based on Epson's BT200 smart glasses on which a microcamera, a microphone and a speaker will be integrated. All these will...

Photos of the Day: Speak with Your Eyes

July 1, 2014 10:20 am | by LusoVU-USA | News | Comments

Eyespeak is the first autonomous system with an augmented reality interface by eye-tracking that enables the possibility of communicating through the user’s eyes, in any position and orientation of the user's head. It will consist of a pair...

Stem Cells May Be More Widespread and with Greater Potential than Previously Believed

June 30, 2014 11:37 am | by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology | News | Comments

With the plethora of research and published studies on stem cells over the last decade, many would say that the definition of stem cells is well established and commonly agreed upon. However, a new review article appearing in the July 2014...

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Noninvasive Brain Control

June 30, 2014 11:06 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Optogenetics, a technology that allows scientists to control brain activity by shining light on neurons, relies on light-sensitive proteins that can suppress or stimulate electrical signals within cells. This technique requires a light source...

Watching Individual Neurons Respond to Magnetic Therapy

June 30, 2014 10:50 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Engineers and neuroscientists at Duke University have developed a method to measure the response of an individual neuron to transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of the brain. The advance will help researchers understand the underlying...

Trends and Developments in the European Companion Diagnostics Market

June 27, 2014 4:04 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Frost & Sullivan recently released a report entitled, “Western European Companion Diagnostics Market.” This study provides a global outlook of the companion diagnostics market, specifically focusing on Western Europe. The report discusses...

This Rainbow Leads to New Medical Innovations

June 27, 2014 2:45 pm | by Bloomberg | Videos | Comments

Efi Cohen-Arazi, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Rainbow Medical, talks with Elliott Gotkine about innovations to help those who have lost their vision and their partnership with Medtronic on a nerve stimulation product. He speaks...

A New Use for Touchless Technology in the Operating Theater

June 27, 2014 10:55 am | by Lancaster University | News | Comments

Dr. Mark Rouncefield and Dr. Gerardo Gonzalez from the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University were part of a collaborative team from Microsoft Research, Guy's Hospital, St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, and King's College...

2014/2015 Buyers' Guide Digital Edition

June 26, 2014 4:57 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

The MDT Buyers' Guide is a comprehensive directory that includes an array of technology and service categories critical to designers and manufacturers of medical devices. From products to services, the Guide covers a full range of resources needed...

Controlling Movement with Light

June 26, 2014 11:25 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

For the first time, MIT neuroscientists have shown they can control muscle movement by applying optogenetics — a technique that allows scientists to control neurons’ electrical impulses with light — to the spinal cords of animals that are...

Electromedical Products International Hails Reclassification of CES Devices

June 25, 2014 11:40 am | by Electromedical Products International | News | Comments

Electromedical Products International, Inc., the manufacturer of Alpha-Stim AID and Alpha-Stim M welcomed the announcement in the Federal Register of June 12, 2014 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Agency’s intention to...  

Fighting Disease, Cancer with Nanoparticles and Lasers

June 25, 2014 9:51 am | by University of Texas at Arlington | News | Comments

UT Arlington physics researchers may have developed a way to use laser technology to deliver drug and gene therapy at the cellular level without damaging surrounding tissue. The method eventually could help patients suffering from genetic...

Deep Brain Stimulation Improves Non Motor Symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease as well as Motor Symptoms

June 25, 2014 9:43 am | by IOS Press BV | News | Comments

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has become a well-recognized non-pharmacologic treatment that improves motor symptoms of patients with early and advanced Parkinson’s disease. Evidence now indicates that DBS can decrease the number and severity...

GlobalData Analysts: Strategic Benefits, Not Tax Avoidance, the Main Motivation for Medtronic Megadeal

June 24, 2014 2:08 pm | by GlobalData | News | Comments

Medtronic’s $42.9 billion merger with Covidien, which created last week the world’s largest medical devices company, was primarily motivated by future market gains rather than tax inversion, according to analysts with research and consulting...

Device Allows Brain to Bypass Spinal Cord, Move Paralyzed Limbs

June 24, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | News | Comments

For the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to an innovative partnership between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Battelle. Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic...

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